Tips on Making Your New City Feel Like Home
There are only a few personal events more life altering than a move to a new city. Leaving behind all you know for fresh opportunities can be lonely and overwhelming, especially if you’re settling in by yourself. However, the first few weeks or months in your new place don’t have to be filled with isolation. With a little initiative, you can avoid the moving blues with these ideas to pick yourself up and get yourself out in your new town:
Be a tourist.
You’re sure to see countless unique places during your first few weeks in town. As soon as you get a couple of days off, go exploring! Approach your new city like you’re going on a two-day vacation and hit all the main attractions that tourists visiting your city would. This will help you get an idea on what gives your new city its own identity, and will allow you to effectively entertain guests around town when your friends or family visit.
Take that class you’ve put off for years.
You always wanted to learn to play a new instrument, try out yoga or take an improv class. Now is the perfect time! Not only will a weekly class get you out of your new house or apartment, it will also encourage you to meet people who, most importantly, share your interests.
Adopt a local sports team.
If you’re a sports fan, it may be tough to leave your hometown team. While you certainly don’t have to change allegiances, following and rooting for your new city’s teams can help foster a bond and provide a new avenue for you to enjoy your favorite sport(s). Even if you’re not a huge sports fan, go check out a game to experience the buzz of the city before, during and after the game, as well as take note of advertisements for services, restaurants and destinations you might not have been aware of.
Moving to a new city can bring up a lot of emotions and will initially seem like a tough mountain to climb. Remember that this big change in scenery is what you make of it. Have fun with your situation and work on getting progressively more comfortable with your surroundings, and before long the results will be as good as you want them to be, making your new city feel like home.
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